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Songs of the Whippoorwill: An Appalachian Odyssey, Volume III

by John Blankenship

We need to reclaim some of the wildness that is deep within us. We need to reinvent ourselves for the 21st century, according to the author, John Blankenship, who many years ago began a quest in search of the true mountaineer essence. In the course of his journey, the writer takes us back through history and culture, exploring mythology, religion, and literatureâ??takes us on a voyage of self-discovery. Gracefully written and stylishly revealing, Songs of the Whippoorwill (Volume III) charts a new course for the Appalachian spirit, one that has been waiting to emerge since the days of our fathers.

The Sue Monk Kidd Spiritual Sampler: Excerpts from The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, When the Heart Waits, and a Special Letter to Readers from Sue Monk Kidd

by Sue Monk Kidd

The bestselling author’s inspiring autobiographical account of personal pain, spiritual awakening, and divine grace.

“Inspiring. Sue Monk Kidd is a direct literary descendant of Carson McCullers.”â??Baltimore Sun

“Grounded in personal experience and bolstered with classic spiritual disciplines and Scripture, this book offers an alternative to fast-fix spirituality.”â??Bookstore Journal

Blending her own experiences with an intimate grasp of spirituality, Sue Monk Kidd relates the passionate and moving tale of her spiritual crisis, when life seemed to have lost meaning and her longing for a hasty escape from the pain yielded to a discipline of “active waiting.”

Rangle Sajjan

by Randhir Singh

BHAI SAHIB RANDHIR SINGH (1878-1961) was an outstanding freedom-fighter and a great saint and theologian who has made a lasting contribution to the religious and cultural revival in Punjab, and was one of the first few Punjabi revolutionaries who staked their life and career to bring about political awakening and win freedom for their country. Son of a High Court Judge and educated in Govt. College and Mission College, Lahore, Bhai Randhir Singh ushered a moral and spiritual revival which set into motion what later on came to be known as Gurdwara Reform Movement. In the Rakabganj Affair (1913) it was his stern challenge to the British Government and stirring call to the people to organize resistance, which prevented the further desecration of the historic shrine.

In 1914, he was the only non-emigrant Sikh leader who completely identified himself with the cause of the Ghadar Party and suffered imprisonment for seventeen long years. He is known to historians of this period as “Hero of the First supplementary Lahore Conspiracy Case”. He is the only Sikh Leader who, in the last hundred years or more, has been given ‘Hukamnamas’ and Robes of Honour by the (then) four Takhats of the Panth, in solemn recognition of his sacrifices and impact on his times. His deep and original expositions of various aspects of Sikhism (more than 30 books) are a lasting contribution to Sikh theology, philosophy and mysticism. He distinguished himself in Punjabi prose and poetry by an erudite and powerful grand style of his own.

Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh Ji devoted his life to Kirtan from 1901 and it is due to this, that he attracted and made friends with many Gursikhs. Out of these, he has written about the life events of 23 deceased ones in this book. He considered it desirable to write only about those, who had completed their earthly sojourn, since it is difficult to predict about a living being in his future conduct.

There are many amazing events in this book, which might lead some readers to spirituality. This is also a unique presentation in the present age of worldliness and might prove helpful to the divinely-oriented. It is hoped, that it will make enjoyable reading.

The translation of the Punjabi version of this book was undertaken by Bhai Jaspinder Singh (Toronto) after having been prompted by some of Bhai Sahib’s associates and Bhai Balbir Singh (son of Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh).

Following the success of the first two ebook publications, Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh Trust UK (Registered Charity No: 1144954), has continued to publish Bhai Sahib’s work in this way in order to meet the demand of readers in the western world.

With the blessings of the Almighty and support of the Sangat, we can hopefully publish more of Bhai Sahib’s work in this way. Where possible, we are making these available free of charge. Any proceeds and donations will go towards making more work of this nature available and for other charitable causes. Please leave a review to encourage more people to read Bhai Sahib’s books. For updates follow us on Twitter (@bsrstrust), like us on Facebook ( or please get in contact if you would like to help out, donate or make suggestions. Our email is [email protected] and website is

Rash: A Memoir

by Lisa Kusel

Writer Lisa Kusel, while living comfortably in her California home, feels an unsettling lack of personal contentment. When she sees a job posting for a new international school in Bali, she convinces her schoolteacher husband Victor to apply.

Six weeks after his interview, Lisa, Victor, and their six-year-old daughter, Loy, move halfway around the world to paradise. But instead of luxuriating in ocean breezes, renewed passion, and first-rate schooling, what Lisa and her family find are burning corpses, biting ants, and a millionaire founder who cares more about selling bamboo furniture than educating young minds. Not to mention Lisa’s fear that one morning she might see the Dengue Fever rash on her young daughter.

RASH is an unfiltered, sharply-written memoir about a woman who goes looking for happiness on the Island of the Gods, and nearly destroys her marriage in the process. For anyone who has ever dreamed of starting over in an exotic locale, this is a poignant reminder that no matter where you go, there you are.

“In this stingingly satisfying memoir, Kusel uses her wicked wit to explore the flip side of starting over in a new country. RASH got under my skin starting on page one and felt like Calamine lotion for my own restless soul.” ~Nancy Stearns Bercaw, author of Dryland: One Woman’s Swim to Sobriety

“Raw, honest and funny: in RASH, Lisa Kusel captures perfectly the reality of living in a tropical Indonesian jungle, trying to hold on to a semblance of normal family life while dealing with the physical and emotional challenges that adapting to such a different lifestyle and culture brings. RASH will make you feel the heat and smell the smoke – and have you scratching at imaginary insect bites as you turn the pages. A healthy dose of reality for daydreamers and those who believe the grass is always greener on the other side.” ~Emma Bamford, author of Casting Off and Untie the Lines.

“A richly narrated, decidedly wistful, soul-searching travel memoir. Open and honest, Lisa ruminates on quiet insights of the reality behind the ever-present mosquito net. After finishing RASH, I wanted her to be my new best friend.” ~Elizabeth Fournier, author of The Green Reaper: Memoirs of an Eco-Mortician

“While it might sound good on paper, running away from home doesn’t always lead to salvation. In this bitingly frank and funny tale, Kusel takes us on a journey from her safe and semi-satisfied life in California to her unexpectedly pandemonic time in Bali. I was delighted to go along for the ride with this smart, charming woman who writes with such verve and intimacy. RASH is a must read for all those who are in search of their own patch of greener grass.” ~Sarah Alderson, author of Can We Live Here?: Finding a Home in Paradise

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